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Gesundheitswesen. 2008 Jun;70(6):360-3. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1077058.

[Acceptance of a total smoking ban in schools: students' attitudes].

[Article in German]

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Institut für Therapie- und Gesundheitsforchung, IFT-Nord, 24105 Kiel. morgenstern@ift-nord.de

Abstract

AIM:

The purpose of this study was to measure students' attitudes towards a total smoking ban in schools and towards impositions in cases of violation.

METHOD:

Cross-sectional survey of 1 738 students of 12 public schools in Schleswig-Holstein (grades 7-13, age 11-20 years). Data were collected by means of written questionnaires administered during class time. The following variables were assessed: attitude towards smoking ban, attitude towards impositions, age, sex, citizenship, perceived school climate, current smoking, lifetime smoking; for smokers, and additionally, the "Heaviness of Smoking Index".

RESULTS:

76.5% of all students agreed with a total smoking ban, 66.4% agreed with the punishment of violations. Higher acceptance rates were found among girls, young students (11-15 years of age), for never-smokers, and for students who feel comfortable at school. Acceptance of the smoking ban is closely related to current smoking status: 93% of the non-smoking students, but only 14% of the daily smoking students agreed with the regulations. Refusal of the ban increased with increasing physical dependence.

CONCLUSIONS:

The intensification of the smoking ban in public schools meets approval by the majority of students. Smoking students should be more strongly involved in the implementation process, e.g., by supplemental cessation programmes.

PMID:
18661459
DOI:
10.1055/s-2008-1077058
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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